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10 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

Sometimes suspicions of injustices are true, and sometimes they aren't.  The only way to know is to investigate the facts.

If it is impartially determined that no wrong was done, we can be relieved.  But to reach that conclusion, the questions must be asked.  It would be wrong not to ask them.

It is JUST AS  WRONG to say or imply that suspicions or accusations are never true, as to claim that they are always true.

Yet, you consistently bring up cases where it turned out there was no bias, or if there was, you choose not to believe it.   There seems to be a theme here.  It seems that when there are suspicions of wrongs done to someone, you'd prefer everyone to look the other way; ignore it.

Is that the kind of society you want to live in?  I don't.


The internet is full of news articles saying that racist 4chan users worked to prevent three Black students from winning a sc
10 days ago
20 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

The term "identity politics" has become a "dog whistle" for those who would like to ignore the problems of any identifiable group except white people.

Claiming that liberal politicians are selecting groups of people to address is to get it entirely backwards.  Those with common problems and interests identify THEMSELVES to bring attention to their situation.  LBJ didn't invent the Civil Rights movement.  It came to him, and to every politician willing to care and to act.  The same is true of every movement seeking equal rights and justice.

Politicians would love to have everyone with the same interests.  They could say "I care about everyone, vote for me".  It doesn't work that way.  "Working class" is an identity, broadly, with interests often in conflict with corporations and bankers.  Even within the working class there are blacks and racists, immigrants and xenophobes, women and patriarchal conservatives, gays and homophobes.  Nothing changes until the groups self-identify and start extensive public dialog about their situation.  They need politicians to listen, understand, and help educate the public about fairness and tolerance and the need for equal treatment.  The good ones will.

Then there are those who prefer to ignore them, often because they believe equality results in a loss to them, or because they feel those who are different from them are inferior.  Those who refuse to be ignored are "accused" of "identity politics", and so are those who listen and try to help.


The reason that identity politics is so prevalent today than in the past is because the regressive left; and the left in gene
20 days ago
24 days ago
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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/4/24/1759480/-Cartoon-Identity-politics?detail=emaildkre "Once upon a time, “identity p
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29 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

What did you think "regime" meant?  It is simply a government, or the government under a particular leader.

It is most often used to convey disapproval of a government or head of state, and that was exactly my intention.  Trump constantly dishonors our country in words and behavior.  I think our democratic system is strong enough not to succumb to a would-be tyrant who foments and exploits prejudices for political power, but until he is ejected from office, there is a Trump regime.


John Bolton worked with Russia, spread racist stories to increase fear of Muslim immigrants "Though it may seem that John Bol
29 days ago
30 days ago
cosmicrat added new blog post

John Bolton worked with Russia, spread racist stories to increase fear of Muslim immigrants "Though it may seem that John Bol
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22.04.2018
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

True, the narrator's British accent doesn't make him sound any less stupid.

31 days ago
18.04.2018
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

The video, which I assume is your reply, starts to play for a few seconds and then quits, returning to its "start" position.  The only message is the title, "Two black men arrested for acting entitled at Starbucks".

"Acting entitled" can only mean "acting as if they deserved the same respect as white men".  The Starbucks company has agreed that they did, and do, deserve the same respect and treatment, and plan to make sure all their store managers know it.

My question remains to be answered:  Why did you choose to insult these men?


I read the story about the two Black men getting arrested at Starbucks and it made my blood boiled.  What the fuck is going o
35 days ago
17.04.2018
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

It's too bad there isn't an Olympic track event called "jumping to conclusions"  You'd be a natural for that one.  Knowing nothing about the two individuals, you call them pieces of shit (abbreviated) and "terrorist thugs", despite the fact that other customers spoke up to say that they had they had done nothing wrong, and had not created any disturbance.  

Why would you do that?  

Why would you assume that in any incident involving people of a minority and a white person, that the white person must naturally be right? 

Starbucks has apologized, sincerely, I think.  The "buy something or get out" attitude that some cafes have is not their style, according to many people who go there.  They try for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  People who feel comfortable and unpressured are more likely to come back.

It's possible it wasn't racial prejudice.  The manager may have just been having a bad day.  Dialing 911 is supposed to be for emergencies, not for a disagreement over whether two guys could wait for their friend before ordering.  It probably felt like prejudice to the customers, though.


I read the story about the two Black men getting arrested at Starbucks and it made my blood boiled.  What the fuck is going o
36 days ago
12.04.2018
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

I agree it may not be sincere, and it doesn't turn bankers into "good guys".  They are just reflecting the values of a growing majority of people who want an end to the irresponsible lack of regulation, to try to improve their image.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bank-of-america-to-stop-lending-to-some-gunmakers/2018/04/10/2ebea3e6-3cc6-11
41 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

Courts should make an independent and fair effort to evaluate custody issues, and have the personnel to do that.  If both parents can be civil, and caring toward the child, that is ideal, but if there is constant conflict, or either parent has been abusive, that is hardly a good thing to subject children to.

Either parent may have an employment or other economic need to move, or there may be a safety consideration.  In those cases, it wouldn't be fair to prevent that.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bank-of-america-to-stop-lending-to-some-gunmakers/2018/04/10/2ebea3e6-3cc6-11
41 days ago
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